CAS & THE UN
UN Volunteer Program
As we endeavor to increase awareness of cellular agriculture worldwide, we need the right partners alongside us at CAS. We believe there’s an immense amount of untapped potential for cellular agriculture around the world and our collaboration with the United Nations aims to address that. Working with the UN has been vital to reaching a global pool of diverse talent interested in working on cellular agriculture and our mission at CAS.
Our primary partnership with the UN is through the UN International Volunteer Program. Through this relationship, many of our CAS Fellows and collaborators have found us, applying to work with CAS since 2018. An additional collaboration point has been our reflection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) within our developing textbook project, for which 13 of the 17 total are related to cellular agriculture. In our UN SDG textbook section, we expand upon three chapters aligned with our slogan - People Animals World. Related to this effort in the textbook, we’ve worked with UN representatives on strategic feedback and general literary development. Below you’ll find additional information on these two efforts, as well as the people from the UN who have worked with CAS to make it all happen.
The UN acts as a globally unifying body, providing a center for harmonizing innovation across the globe. Similarly, one of our primary ambitions at CAS is to bring in talent with a high degree of intellectual diversity; we’ve found this contributing factor to aid in the quality of our work and we think it will benefit the advancement of cellular agriculture for decades to come.
In 2018, we partnered with the UN through their Online Volunteering division where volunteers from anywhere in the world can apply to work pro bono through this CAS-UN partnership. Below you’ll find some of these individuals who have worked on cellular agriculture projects as CAS Fellows through this capacity.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. This definition from the UN aligned perfectly with a crucial goal we had for our textbook, elaborate both upon the potential good of cellular agriculture, and the bad. We found both the prospective benefits, outlined in works like 90 Reasons, as well as the potential drawbacks, could be justly organized through the UN’s structure and we sought to work with representative UN leaders who could help us fine-tune, our textbook section entitled, “Cell-based meat in Application: Relevance to UN SDGs”, prior to publication.
In pursuit of this, CAS Founder, Kristopher Gasteratos, worked with his previous professor from Harvard, Dr. Laurence Simon, who had previously served as a director at the UN’s World Food Programme. Through this collaboration, Dr. Simon has aided in the development of the UN SDG section of the textbook, and ensured the authorship reflects the values we’re seeking to objectively and comprehensively analyze cellular agriculture according to the relevant UN SDG associations.
We’re honored to have UN Affiliates who support our mission; spanning 4 continents they work with CAS in fellowship and advisorship roles, as well as other supporting positions within the CAS network.
Former Director, World Food Programme
Dr. Laurence Simon
Dr. Simon has had an illustrious career in the fields of global health and sustainability. He has served as a senior advisor to the Google Foundation and the World Bank, a visiting scholar at Stanford, program director for Oxfam America, launching its first work in Central America and the Caribbean in the 1970s, and was recently appointed by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to design a new premiere university.
Further, Dr. Simon founded the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in the 1980s and directed the establishment and monitoring of UN World Food Programme operations. Simon currently serves as Professor of International Development and Director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability at Brandeis University, and teaches at Harvard University during Summer Semesters.
CAS Fellow & UN Volunteer - Translation
Annesha is a multilingual translator based in Kolkata, India. Fluent in over 10 languages, Annesha has served as a volunteer translator with the “Red Elephant Foundation”, a GTC online course translator, and Translation without Borders. Annesha joined CAS as a Fellow in 2019, primarily focused on translation efforts for the CAS Website and Project CMF.
CAS Fellow & UN Volunteer - Graphic Design
Daniela Isaza Toro
Daniela is an interaction designer, based in Toronto, Canada. She’s the co-founder of Mediabite Agencia Digital; started in Colombia, where Daniela’s originally from, they provide digital marketing and creative services. Daniela joined CAS as a Fellow in 2019, where she’s worked as a graphic designer and pro bono art direction and creative strategy on various projects.
CAS Fellow & UN Volunteer - Motion Design
Henry is a visual designer and creative executive, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He’s currently the Creative Director at Young Creative Leaders and has previously worked as a Senior Art Director at Dentsu and Aggrey & Clifford, specializing in advertising and graphic design. Henry joined CAS as a Fellow in 2019, where he’s focused on motion design and artistic strategy for Project CMF.
UN Volunteer - Computer Science & AI
Luis Chaves Rodriguez
Luis is a biomedical engineer and computer scientist, based in London, UK. He’s completing his Master’s in Health Data Analytics and Machine Learning at Imperial College London, and is a contributing author on the Interplanetary Chapter, in the developing CAS Textbook project. His background in the intersection of biology and data analytics have sparked Luis’ main project in cellular agriculture, utilizing Natural Language Processing to read the internet and gather information on how people's opinions on CellAg are changing over time.